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Cooking Masterclass | From the Veg Patch with Kathy Slack

Join food writer and cookery teacher Kathy Slack for a 3 hour cookery masterclass in our learning studio, as we explore growing and cooking your own food.

The pleasure of nurturing a crop from tiny seed to triffid and then cooking it for your dinner is magic everyone can enjoy, whether you have an allotment or a windowsill. It brings you closer to nature and highlights the changes in the seasons as well as providing endless inspiration for what to cook. In this class we’ll learn the basics of growing food and cook some dishes with some seasonal crops that are ideal for beginners. This class is a combination of hands on and demo by Kathy.

The class will include:

  • What to grow (and what not to grow!)
  • How to set up a growing space
  • Growing in small spaces
  • Making the most of seasonal gluts
  • How to cook with ingredients you have grown
  • A delicious lunch and recipes from Kathy’s book ‘From the Veg Patch’ to take home
  • A pot of seeds, sown by you, to take home and grow

Sample Recipes (to be confirmed);
Beetroot soup with herby crumb
Leek loaf
Kale pesto with hazelnuts and roast cauliflower 

Open to all levels of skills and interests. This class is suitable for Adults 16 and over.

*This class is part of our hands-on monthly masterclass cooking sessions, which focus on specialist topics or advanced cooking techniques.  Sessions are usually on Sunday and held in the Garden Museum’s food learning studio. Each class is 3 hours, and will include tastings or a full meal eaten together depending on the course

Images: Food and header images © Kathy Slack / photos of Kathy © Stephanie McLeod 

  • Kathy Slack

    Kathy Slack

    Kathy Slack is a cook, veg grower and writer who previously worked at Daylesford Organic Farm. Now she works full time writing and developing recipes, hosting supper clubs and cookery demonstrations with harvests from her veg patch, food styling and developing recipes for various brands and publications. She has a column in Borough Market's award-winning magazine, Market Life, as well as a regular slot on BBC Radio Oxford. Kathy has won the Young British Foodie award, the Soil Association's Best Blog award and a Guild of Food Writers award. You can find more of her writing at, where she posts about the gluts from her veg patch and the ensuing gluttony in the kitchen. Her debut cookbook, From the Veg Patch (Ebury Press, 2021) is out now.

    Twitter: @gluts_gluttony
    Instagram: gluts_gluttony

Image: Kathy Slack